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mewithoutYou celebrated the 'Catch For Us The Foxes' 10 year anniversary w/ Appleseed Cast & Hop Along (review, setlist)
Oct 17, 2014 1:02pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

mewithoutYou @ Irving Plaza - 10/16/14 (via Vishal Manglani)

Back in the mid-2000s, before there was an emo revival but long after emo had become a dirty word, a few bands from "that scene" were coming out with boundary pushing music that could easily defy being pigeonholed into said scene (but often were anyway). One of these bands was mewithoutYou. While mewithoutYou were never emo, they were certainly grouped with those bands (perhaps being labelmates with Underoath and Futher Seems Forever had something to do with this), and even at this point almost anything remotely emo, post-hardcore, punk, pop punk, etc is called "emo revival." mewithoutYou shifted sounds several times throughout their career (which is still going strong), and arguably their most compelling stuff came when the post-hardcore of their early material took a turn towards art rock, resulting in two near-perfect albums. The first of those was Catch For Us The Foxes, which they're currently playing in full on tour for its 10th anniversary. I've always thought that its followup, 2006's Brother, Sister, is their crowning achievement so far (and my fingers are crossed for a tour of that one in 2016), but Catch is a close second for me and many fans consider it their best, which was very clear at last night's (10/16) NYC stop of the tour at Irving Plaza.

I've caught mewithoutYou a few times on recent tours, but neither the ban...

Watch: Eriel Indigo - “Innocence”
Oct 17, 2014 12:47pm | The Line Of Best Fit
Indigo is planning to release a single and accompanying video once a month for the next year; together it will make up the body of her LP

Who got naked for Connan Mockasin at Baby's All Right's 1st birthday party?
Oct 17, 2014 12:42pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right continued their one year birthday celebrations last night with a packed night of shows starting with a triple Mexican Summer-signed bill (part of a two-day celebration for the label that started Wednesday at Glasslands) that began with sets by Weyes Blood (whose new album The Innocents comes out Tuesday, and is streaming below) and Quilt who were one of the first (non-CMJ) bands to play Baby's when it opened last year (they were terrific as usual).

The venue was decked out with party store birthday party decorations including balloons, streamers, and piles of glittery confetti. There was also someone dressed up like a baby who was giving out shots. Before Connan Mockasin's set the venue space went dark and stuff was loaded on to the stage. Something was up.

A little after 11 PM, the lights came back on and there was a giant (cardboard) cake on stage. Connan came on stage, as did Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves who was holding an actual cake that she baked, which was a replica of the giant one. The real cake had a lit "1" candle on it. Connan and Meredith then led a crowd sing-a-long of "Happy Birthday", and then a shirtless Mac DeMarco (who has also played Baby's, but whose next show is at Terminal 5 with Connan) popped out of the giant cake, cigarette dangling off his lip, mic in hand to finish up the song and blow out the candle. Mac and the giant cake w...

Ghostface Killah and BadBadNotGood announce collaborative album, share Gunshowers
Oct 17, 2014 12:20pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Earlier this year, Ghostface Killah teamed with Toronto production outfit BadBadNotGood for a 10-inch single via Lex Records. Undoubtedly finding a certain chemistry between Ghostface’s menacing rhymes and the trio’s more jazz-inspired approach, the collective has since reconvened for a full-length album.

Due out February 17th, 2015, Sour Soul was recorded earlier this year alongside producer Frank Dukes (50 Cent, Lloyd Banks). According to a press release, the album is influenced by music of the ’60s and ’70s, with BadBadNotGood drawing “inspiration from the recording techniques and production of that era while eschewing sampling in favor of live instrumentation. With the album, BadBadNotGood have created a cinematic musical staging for Ghostface Killah’s vivid storytelling.” That’s the cover art above.

Already we’ve heard one album track, the Danny Brown-aided “Six Degrees”. Today, BadBadNotGhostface team with Detroit rapper Elzhi for “Gunshowers”. The trio immediately set the stage by laying down a beat that certainly recalls early Wu Tang, a subtle and hypnotic mix of steady percussion and guitars that run the gamut from jangly to animalistic wailing. From that sonically familiar place, Ghostface spits a maddening barrage of rhymes, referencing everything from Book of Eli to inflation, offsetting the hazy instrumentation with white-hot vigor.


Q&A: Omar Husain, Head Music Director, CJLO
Oct 17, 2014 12:00pm | CMJ

In the wake of their 10th anniversary and as part of their first annual fundraising drive, CJLO at Montreal’s Concordia University, compiled an album of local artists covering their favorite songs by fellow Montreal-based musicians. Shortly thereafter, they released a double compilation of songs recorded during in-studio performances. We recently sat down with CJLO’s head music director, Omar Husain, to discuss the albums, their inspiration and what else may be in store for the future.

Tell us a bit about what the You Are Related compilation is and how you came up with the idea for it. How did you pick who was going to be on the album?
I wanted to select a wide variety of local bands from different genres and bands that have gotten a lot of support at CJLO. We actually cast a far wider net and got an overwhelmingly positive response. Some bands had to drop out due to time constraints or scheduling, but the response was really encouraging. We’re definitely going to do a Vol. 2 soon.

Why did you choose to have all the songs be covers?
It seemed like a fun idea, and at a past CMJ College Day I remember a station (who I cannot for the life of me remember) said they had done something similar in the past. Made sense to rally around the city we live in and love with local bands covering other local bands—basically one big Montreal lurve-fest.

Did any of those covers get recorded at CJLO?
A ...

Islands Nick Thorburn writes soundtrack for Serial podcast listen
Oct 17, 2014 12:00pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Nick Thorburn has kept a busy docket as of late, including a world tour behind Islands’ last album, Ski Mask, and the long-awaited reunion of The Unicorns. Along the way, he still found time to compose original music to soundtrack the new weekly podcast, Serial.

Co-created and hosted by This American Life producer Sarah Koenig, with Ira Glass serving as editorial advisor, Serial tells one nonfiction story over the course of each season. It’s sort of like The Wire or Law and Order, but in podcast form. Season one, for example, investigates the 1999 murder of a Baltimore, Maryland high school student.

Thorburn’s original soundtrack spans 15 tracks and is available to stream in full below. It’s also for sale via Bandcamp. Serial, meanwhile, can be downloaded through its website, iTunes, and other audio platforms. A new episode arrives each Thursday.

Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD Sunshowers (Feat. Elzhi)
Oct 17, 2014 11:47am | StereoGum

Earlier this year, the Wu-Tang legend Ghostface Killah and the Toronto jazz group BADBADNOTGOOD linked up with Danny Brown and released the hard, impactful, generally excellent rap single “Six Degrees.” That track worked out so well that Ghost and BADBADNOTGOOD are teaming up for an entire album. Early next year, they’ll drop the collaborative LP Sour Soul, with Ghost going in over the group’s live instrumentation on every track. “Six Degrees” is on the album, and so is “Sunshowers,” on which Ghost and the Detroit rap technician and former Slum Village member Elzhi attack a splintered, psychedelic instrumental. Listen below.


Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD Gunshowers (Feat. Elzhi)
Oct 17, 2014 11:47am | StereoGum

Earlier this year, the Wu-Tang legend Ghostface Killah and the Toronto jazz group BADBADNOTGOOD linked up with Danny Brown and released the hard, impactful, generally excellent rap single “Six Degrees.” That track worked out so well that Ghost and BADBADNOTGOOD are teaming up for an entire album. Early next year, they’ll drop the collaborative LP Sour Soul, with Ghost going in over the group’s live instrumentation on every track. “Six Degrees” is on the album, and so is “Gunshowers,” on which Ghost and the Detroit rap technician and former Slum Village member Elzhi attack a splintered, psychedelic instrumental. Listen below.


Head In The Clouds: The 25 Best SoundCloud Tracks Of The Week
Oct 17, 2014 11:40am | CMJ

Hey have you heard? CMJ Music Marathon is only four days away. But if you want to think about something else, here’s our weekly playlist to keep your mind off it. This week, we got a new bubblegum snap from Sui Zhen, a minimal ode to fall from Foxes In Fiction, the return of Majical Cloudz, a Porches and Frankie Cosmos team-up and a whole bunch more. Get crackin’ below.

The post Head In The Clouds: The 25 Best SoundCloud Tracks Of The Week appeared first on CMJ.

James Blake Building It Still
Oct 17, 2014 11:40am | StereoGum

James Blake debuted his new song, “Building It Still,” yesterday on his BBC Radio 1 Residency program. Blake has been using his residency to premiere a handful of new tracks, many of which have been untitled, aside from “200 Press,” which he presented back in August. The songs provide patchy glimpses into what kind of an album Blake has been working on with the help of Justin Vernon and Kanye West. “Building It Still” sounds like a clear departure from last year’s Overgrown. The sample-heavy, stuttering track dips into the same veins explored on Blake’s CMYK EP, which was released four years ago on R&S, before his self-titled debut. Listen below.


Ghostface Killah joins BADBADNOTGOOD for Sour Soul LP; listen to Gunshowers
Oct 17, 2014 11:32am | Fact Magazine

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The Toronto jazz trio recruits Tony Starks for their latest album.

Ghostface Killah and BADBADNOTGOOD first linked up earlier this year for ‘Six Degrees’, and it turns out the single wasn’t a one-off.

BADBADNOTGOO’ds Sour Soul LP will feature Big Ghost on every track. That Danny Brown-featuring single will be included, as will ‘Gunshowers’ (featuring Elzhi). The album was inspired by the music of the 1960s and ’70s, and eschews sampling for live instrumentation; it was produced by rap veteran Frank Dukes.

Sour Soul is due out on February 17 via Lex Records. Listen to ‘Gunshowers’ below. Ghostface will also appear on the Wu-Tang Clan’s long-awaited A Better Tomorrow, which is due out December 2.

Let Your Feelings Overtake You: Chandra Reckons With Her 12-Year-Old Self
Oct 17, 2014 11:26am | Chart Attack

34 years later, Chandra Oppenheim is still reckoning with her 12-year-old self.

Transportation, the 1980 EP from her group Chandra, is one of the more unusual documents from a particularly unusual period of New York music. The group's short lifespan was like a checklist of post-punk triumphs - gigs at legendary New York City venues like the Mudd Club and Danceteria, touring around the East Coast, interviews by the likes of Andy Warhol and John Rockwell, even an appearance on Captain Kangaroo.

Fronted by the then 12-year-old Chandra Oppenheim, daughter of noted conceptual artist Dennis Oppenheim, and comprised of members of the New Wave/art punk group Model Citizens, the group trafficked in an arresting brand of art-damaged dance-punk centered around Oppenheims (understandably) childlike and yet oddly sophisticated songwriting.

When I was 17 or 18 a teacher who was helping me write my college essays said, Chandra hit her peak at ten and its been downhill ever since. And I really took that in, unfortunately.

Chandra Oppenheim
The group disbanded in 1982 when Oppenheim put her music career on hold in order to focus on her schooling, but their lone EP has maintained a solid cult following that's resurged in the last helf decade since being reissued in 2009 on Weird Canada founder Aaron Levins Cantor Records, along with a...

Massive Attack and TV on the Radios Tunde Adebimpe perform Pray For Rain live for the first time watch
Oct 17, 2014 11:18am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Philip Cosores

Last night, Massive Attack offered up not one, but two special surprises for audience members at The Greek Theatre in LA.

During their three-song encore, the trip-hop act performed Heligoland standout “Pray For Rain”, marking the first time it had ever been played live since being released in 2010. If the live debut wasn’t momentous enough, the track’s collaborator and co-writer, TV on the Radios Tunde Adebimpe, also took the stage to suavely croon his lines.

Watch fan-caught footage below.

Eric Church Is Our Greatest Working Rock Star
Oct 17, 2014 11:16am | StereoGum

The most indulgent moment on The Outsiders, the colossal 2014 country-rock opus from the dominant Nashville star Eric Church, is a tremendously goofy extended spoken-word metaphor about how Nashville is the devil. On the indulgently named “Devil, Devil (Prelude: Princess of Darkness),” Church’s husky baritone goes into serious-mutter mode, and he throws down some paranoiac nonsense about the city he calls home: “She lurks in friendly shadows, but she’s a junkie with a limp / The agents are her bookie, and the labels are her pimp.” At Church’s Charlottesville show last night (and, presumably, at every show on his current arena tour), there’s a moment where the lights go out and the Jumbotron shows Church reciting the poem in a cinderblock staircase, cheap in-camera effects sometimes turning his eyes red. It’s a silly moment, but it’s nothing compared to what comes next: The lights come back up, and holy shit, there’s a 50-foot inflatable Satan standing at the back of the venue. It’s a great stage prop, too: Glowing eyes, long bendy horns, a belt buckle that says “Nashville.” Look at this fucker:


Chicago trio Moritat releasing new EP (stream a track)
Oct 17, 2014 11:12am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Chicago trio Moritat have been around since 2008, having released their debut album in 2012. With an emphasis on woozy/warped keyboard sounds and syncopated krauty rhythms, it's off-kilter pop that owes a little to their hometown's post-rock heritage. The band are set to release the High Plus Tight EP early next year, and that record has an interesting backstory. The band's shared space was burglarized early in their career, with thieves making off with all their gear and recording equipment, including all traces of what was to be their first record. Then last year, they found a CD-R under a carpet with those seemingly-lost recordings on it. The band polished them up and here we are. We've got the premiere of "Visits" from the EP and you can stream it below.

While Moritat don't have any tour plans announced yet, they do have a couple Chicago shows coming up. Those dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

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